The RWA of this Gurgaon society organised a fire drill after fire broke out in a 17th-floor apartment a few days back.
On Sunday morning, more than 200 residents across all age groups gathered in an open ground to attend a fire drill organised by the RWA of Fresco, a high-rise condominium with more than 850 flats in Sector 50, Gurgaon. The event was organised after fire broke out in a 17th-floor apartment a few days back.
Fire Officer of Fresco, Ranbir Singh, briefed residents about the various types of fires, fire extinguishing equipment, their proper usage, and precautions to be taken in case of a fire.
“It is an important initiative to educate the residents about the minute things which we tend to ignore,” said Nilesh Tandon, RWA president of the society. “We have all the firefighting equipment within the premises, but it is of no use if we fail to use them when in need."
"People, process and equipment/technology are the foundation elements of any progressive system,” said Supriyo Dasgupta, secretary of the RWA. “We started driving a ‘Safety First’ culture and what better than to demonstrate the same through an inclusive hands-on firefighting safety drill.” He further added, “It was great to see people of all ages coming forward to learn how to fight emergency situations caused by fire. We are working towards making this a periodic exercise."
Residents feel the drill has developed a confidence in them to handle fire exigencies on their own in case professional help takes time to arrive.
"An unlearning and learning exercise, the fire drill today was a timely reminder addressing our unpreparedness to deal with an emergency as one we had recently witnessed,” said Silpa Sagheer, a resident. “Also that it is critical that every family should ensure its members, even children, are aware of an evacuation plan and are confident using the equipment to put out fire on their own.”
On the night of May 8, a fire broke out in the society, where firefighters said they had trouble reaching the spot, as some residents had parked their vehicles in a manner that their cars blocked the way.
Although the fire was brought under control without much damage, the incident encouraged the RWA to launch a campaign against wrong parking.